Watch: Upcoming Programs Streamed Live from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress invites you and your students to join in two upcoming virtual programs.

The first program, ideal for upper elementary and lower middle school students, features WWE superstar wrestler John Cena, who stars as the voice of Ferdinand in the upcoming animated feature film The Story of Ferdinand. He will read the original 1936 children’s book of the same name to students. It will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST. The program will be streamed live from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The second program, ideal for teachers and pre-service teachers, is our “Spotlight on Arts Education Symposium.”  We are working with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to present an exciting morning of discussion among leaders and innovators in the Arts Education arena. Panelists will discuss inspirational and dynamic ideas, curriculum and access to programs and primary sources which provide innovative experiences in the arts and humanities. It will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST.

The program will be streamed live from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on our YouTube channel.

Learning Beyond the Original Purpose with Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

In the November/December 2017 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article features a 1910 map of South San Francisco, San Mateo County, California. The map was created for the unique purpose of documenting estimated fire hazards, and resides in the Sanborn Map Collection, part of an ongoing digitization project at the Library of Congress.

Three New Civics Interactives Explore Congress and Civic Participation through Primary Sources

Step behind the camera with the photographers who fought against child labor. Build a timeline that traces African Americans’ journey toward freedom. Discover how Congress has been involved in the expansion of voting rights throughout U.S. history.

Beginning on Friday, November 17, students are able to do all these things and more using a set of three new free educational interactives, all of which make extensive use of the online collections of the Library of Congress.

These interactives were developed by three organizations selected by the Library to create web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms. The three organizations are the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia; Indiana University’s Center on Representative Government, in Bloomington, Indiana; and Muzzy Lane Software, of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Each project takes a different approach to the subjects, and each is based on the rich historical primary source items that the Library makes freely available at

The three civics interactives are:

  • Eagle Eye Citizen, developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Eagle Eye Citizen engages middle and high school students in solving and creating interactive challenges about Congress, American history, civics, and government with Library of Congress primary sources in order to develop students’ civic understanding and historical thinking skills.

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Join Us at NCSS in San Francisco

Education specialists from the Library of Congress and members of the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium are looking forward to meeting with you and sharing ideas on using primary sources in the classroom during the NCSS conference in San Francisco from November 16-18.

Providing Comfort for Veterans: Primary Sources from the Civil War and Beyond

A number of years ago I published a blog post on wartime clothing drives. I touched briefly on clothing drives and the work to make handmade items for those serving in the military. As I considered what to write about for a post on Veterans Day, I was drawn back to this post.